7 Jun 2010

Hester to become first NZ referee at World Cup

8:51 am on 7 June 2010

The referee Michael Hester is set to make football history at the World Cup in South Africa.

Hester will become the first New Zealander to take charge of a match at a World Cup when he controls South Korea's pool game with Greece at Port Elizabeth next weekend.

Another New Zealander, Jan Hendrik Hintz, will be one of his assistants while Peter O'Leary is the fourth official for Algeria's opening match against Slovenia.

A South African, Jerome Damon, will referee New Zealand's first match with Slovakia, which kicks off at half past 11 next Tuesday night.

Another South African, Enock Molefe, and Rwanda's Celestin Ntagungira, will assist Damon while the fourth official, Ravshan Irmatov, hails from Uzbekistan.